The Donkey Sanctuary’s team in Spain is currently taking special care of a newborn foal who is starting life with a struggle.
Indiana was born under the care of El Refugio Del Burrito last week and has found it difficult to suckle. His mother, Strawberry, was abandoned into the Sanctuary’s care while she was pregnant, along with another donkey called Cacahuete.
Indiana was very weak and could not feed from his mother by himself, so the team took them both to an equine hospital in Cordoba which has an equine neonatal unit.
The foal arrived at the hospital with hypothermia and hypoglycaemia and needed intravenous rehydration and antibiotics.
He remains in the hospital and is recovering very well; he is being fed manually while having lessons trying to teach him to get milk from his mother by himself.
Rosa Chaparro from El Refugio Del Burrito said: “The first hours of life are crucial. We milked Strawberry and fed Indiana, but he was still very weak.
“He is still in the neonatal unit, but he has urinated which is such a good sign. Now we are just waiting for him to feed from his mother by himself.
“Strawberry is such a good mum and she doesn’t leave him alone for even a minute. Indiana is very alert and happy and we will keep trying to teach him to suck.
“We are praying for him and looking forward to getting them both back here at the Sanctuary.”
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